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Do Bacteria Go to Heaven?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.

Good News For Berlin Humanists

AP | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — Schools in Berlin have recognized World Humanist Day as a holiday on a par with All Saints' Day, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr. The de...

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Martin Luther and the Libraries: The Shaping of Sola Scriptura

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

This week I had the privilege in attending the 2014 Reformation Day at Emory University. As alum of Candler School of Theology 03T, I was very proud to have a guided tour.

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Slippery Slopes

Eldon Taylor | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Eldon Taylor

Everyone has heard the slippery slope response to many an argument. I have on several occasions in my books and articles addressed implications and r...

Navy Rejects Request For First Humanist Chaplain

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) After the Army recently permitted “humanist” as a religious preference, many hoped a humanist chaplain might follow. But the Navy last we...

Pandora's Box of Vouchers

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Besides the fact that vouchers drain the public education system of funds and deprive both students and teachers of vital civil rights protections, most of the tax dollars involved goes to private religious schools.

Why Population Dynamics Matter

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

At the end of the day, these population dynamics and their consequences impact everyone. But humanists are natural leaders in the effort because humanists understand that this is the only life we'll have.

Behaving Badly? Stop Using Religion as an Excuse!

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not so much that religion makes people do evil, it's that it provides a convenient excuse for nearly anything, and that lowers the bar for committing bad behavior we might otherwise avoid. It's time for non-theist and faithful progressives to unite and stop giving the conservative religion a free pass for prejudice.

Time to Embrace a Military Chaplaincy for All the Troops

Tom Carpenter | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This inclusive outreach extends to chaplains representing the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities of faith, as well as those of minority beliefs, including Humanists. They, too, are valued members of our country's military and must be embraced fully.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

The Problem With 'Religious Privilege'

Walker Bristol | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

Atheists in America face some measure of discrimination, and we want a way to talk about that discrimination so that it's taken seriously. But our approach thus far is setting us back, and may even be putting us in conflict with identity groups who could and ought to be alongside us in a struggle towards pluralistic understanding.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

Nontheist Americans Finally Speaking Up

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

These cases of bias against nontheists are just a few examples of the ongoing discrimination that open atheists and humanists face. It hasn't disappeared, and if anything, it is likely to be more frequent as the numbers of out-of-the-closet nontheists of all stripes continues to climb.

Humanist Funerals Thrive In Post-Catholic Ireland

Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion

By Paresh Dave Religion News Service DUBLIN (RNS) Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in dem...

Under Pressure From Christian Group, Texas Movie Theater Pulls Atheist Ad

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Normally no one pays much attention to the advertisements that movie theaters run before the previews start up. But at one Texas movie theater, they'v...

PHOTOS: Atheists Rally On National Mall For Political Change

Posted 05.24.2012 | Religion

By KIMBERLY WINSTON c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Atheists and nonbelievers gathered on the National Mall Saturday (March 24) in ...

Nontheistic Students On Campus: Understanding And Accommodating Them

Chris Stedman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

While nonreligious student groups have a history of reaching out to religious groups for discussions and debates, the amount of cooperation in the last few years has increased drastically and broadened in scope.

'Godless' Group's Campaign Against The Religious Right

Roll Call | Ambreen Ali | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

A group of self-described Godless Americans is defying predictions of the Rapture to kick off a new campaign this week against the religious right....

Atheists For Haiti

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Shermer

On Friday, January 15, I received in email from Richard Dawkins explaining that his Executive Director Elizabeth Cornwell has organized a campaign to ...